Carlos Barreto Soler (42)

Carlos Barreto Soler

Senior Researcher at Norner AS 

From: Garagoa, Colombia 

Lives in: Hovet, Porsgrunn, Norway 

I grew up in a small town in the mountains and was motivated by my family to get a good education and go after my dreams. My dream was to have a career in plastics R&D. I studied Chemical Engineering at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota and did my master’s degree in advanced materials focusing on applied nanotechnology in plastics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

After my master, I sent my CV to companies all over Europe and the US searching for the right opportunity. Finally, I managed to get this dream opportunity of being part of Norner. This company had the perfect combination of chasing my dream career located in a beautiful country.

I moved to Norway, got married, started a family, and completed my PhD in Polymer Technology at the University of Oslo & Chalmers as part of my job duties at Norner. I have a huge appreciation for living in proximity to nature. I only need to travel 5 minutes from my house to be in the forest, while work is only a 15-minute drive away. After 13 years at Norner Norway has become home, and I always miss the quiet nature in Norway when I visit my home country.

The best thing about working at Norner is people’s passion for plastics. You are allowed to dream big with your feet on the ground and be part of projects that could have a positive impact on society. I love the complexity and variety of the topics we are addressing. I have developed not only on my technical knowledge and research skills, but also my softs skills to maximize the impact on customers. This is extremely motivating!

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